When I was asked to do these skirts, I thought "WOO HOO! ... a FASHION pattern and SO easy, just gathered tulle, I've done gathered tulle a million times."
First of all, it is going to be a garment worn as clothes, not costume, so it needed a sewn in under skirt. I decided that it needed to be circular cut for fullness at the bottom without bulk at the waist.
So I made my circle skirt pattern the way Martha McCain taught me when we were working in the New York costume shops back in the day.
This first white sample is two layers with 4 to 1 flounce ruffles on each layer. The black/pink one is 3 layers, 2 pink and one black on top. The layers for both skirts are 4 - 54" panels of tulle. This I kept constant. I found a 4 panel layer of tulle the most I could manage without loosing my mind.
On to the second set ...
I thought I'd gotten it perfect this time, but ... NO! The folks in the fashion department along with Abbie Small, who is now the #1 person at Simplicity sent them back again with more instruction.
And here is the third set ...
Tulle Skirts - Third pass
This skirt (off white one) is now 7 layers and will require 35 yards of 54” tulle.
It’s a little tedious to sew, but I think it looks pretty good.
This skirt (black/pink one) is now 4 layers all gathered separately.
They were approved, but the two color scheme was nixed, as you can see on the envelope above.
The two outer layers of the off white one have flounce ruffles sewn to them. Needless to say ... IT WAS A LOT!!! OF TULLE AND A LOT!! OF GATHERING.
Tomorrow I will share and show the sewing process with a few tips to, hopefully, make doing this easier.